- After the passover, the people of Israel applied with vigour
to destroy the monuments of idolatry. Public ordinances should
stir us up to cleanse our hearts, our houses, and shops, from
the filth of sin, and the idolatry of covetousness, and to
excite others to do the same. The after-improvement of solemn
ordinances, is of the greatest importance to personal, family,
and public religion. When they had tasted the sweetness of God's
ordinance in the late passover, they were free in maintaining
the temple service. Those who enjoy the benefit of a settled
ministry, will not grudge the expense of it. In all that
Hezekiah attempted in God's service, he was earnest and single
in his aim and dependence, and was prospered accordingly.
Whether we have few or many talents intrusted to us, may we thus
seek to improve them, and encourage others to do the same. What
is undertaken with a sincere regard to the glory of God, will
succeed to our own honour and comfort at last.